A Change of Pace

Throughout my life my grandparents have always hosted Thanksgiving (and every other holiday for that matter). This year there is a change in plans. Since my PopPop has been in the hospital for the past 2 weeks and it doesn’t seem that he will be home anytime soon, he has postponed Thanksgiving. He is optimistic that he will be home by the weekend and has said that we will celebrate on Saturday. We shall see.

Each year my PopPop cooks two turkeys. One for the feast that has become an American symbol of Thanksgiving and a second one which is garnished with fresh fruit and put on display. I don’t remember the back-story to the second turkey, though I do remember that it has something to do with when he served in the war. He always said we need to have enough in case there are unexpected guests.

So, if all goes well I will partake in three feasts, instead of my usual two. Thanksgiving lunch with my “in-laws,” Thanksgiving dinner with my parents and brother, and then Saturday with my grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins, etc.

This sounds like a lot, and it is, but it is all worth it to spend time with those who mean the world to me. I will pace myself and avoid becoming overwhelmed, just as I do with my work load here at DDA. When I open my task list it appears to be a significant amount of items, a five-page word document. I just remind myself that I play many rolls within this company and therefore my task list is split up into many sections and color coded. I have one section for tasks (blue); this can range from website updates, to web buildout, to internal responsibilities such as invoicing and Google ranking reports for clients in our SureThing Search Engine Optimization Program.

Next are proposals (red) that need to be created whether it be for print production to CD/DVD replication and duplication to tradeshow graphics. Third are my production supervision responsibilities which are green. I keep record of the status of all production-related projects. From files being sent to production to delivery of the final product. Following my production notes are my project coordination responsibilities (purple). Here I track all projects which I am responsible for and I make note of every step that is taken to complete each my my clients projects.

While outside of work, I am not color coded and will stay organized this weekend to ensure that I am were I need to be when I need to be there.